Europeans Concerned about Online Data Exposure

The European Commission recently published the results of a survey on data protection and electronic identity in Europe. The report, by Eurobarometer, examines Europeans’ attitudes towards online identity management, data protection and privacy. Overall the majority of citizens are willing to reveal some personal data, despite some concerns on how private companies might use this information and how their behaviours might be tracked.

Some results of the survey include:

  • Three out of four Europeans want to be able to exercise the 'right to be forgotten' i.e. delete their online personal information when they choose
  • People have greater trust in public authorities such as hospitals and institutions than in private companies

Read about Attitudes on Data Protection and Electronic Identity in the European Union